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02/27/2012 - 2:17pm
Valentine: Francona 'paid for saying stuff'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Asked about the comments by former manager Terry Francona suggesting that the Red Sox' clubhouse beer ban was a "PR move," current skipper Bobby Valentine -- who instituted the ban -- took issue with the proclamation.

"Any comments on that? You need a comment? My opinion, if it was PR move you mean?" said Valentine. "I don't know. How was it PR? Well, you know, I don't really have a comment on that. It means like 20 teams are looking for PR and that's why they're making good decisions. I don't have a comment on that."

However, Valentine -- who held the job of baseball analyst on ESPN that Francona is now performing -- did suggest that Francona was speaking from a different perspective as a media figure than he did as a manager.

"Remember, you're getting paid over there for saying...

02/27/2012 - 12:45pm
Fire at Fenway Park causes $100K damage

Editor's note: Amount of damage updated to $100,000 by Boston Fire Department at 12:41 p.m.

A small fire in the mail room at Fenway Park caused an estimated $100,000 damage, according to a tweet from the Boston Fire Department.

Firemen responded to a call at Yawkey Way at 11:26 a.m. to handle a fire on the second floor, in the administrative office area. The cause was an electrical short circuit near a wall-mounted light fixture. Most of the damage was caused by smoke and water.

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02/27/2012 - 9:50am
Ortiz on D&C: Tired of media 'talking trash'

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz paid a visit with Dennis & Callahan Monday morning at spring training in Fort Myers, Fla.

Ortiz last week got upset after hearing a reporter suggest that Ortiz, at age 36, could see a dropoff similar to the one Red Sox legend Jim Rice had at the same age in 1989.

"I don't really care about what anybody says. You can say whatever you want. That won't get in my way," Ortiz said. "I look at myself as a guy that, when I was 15, I didn't really know what I wanted to be. So, nobody can come out right now and tell me who I'm going to be tomorrow or the next day or the next few days. The problem was how people want to put negativity on people's heads. I don't think it's fair. … These people are always talking trash. I've been here 10 years. They always have something to say."

Added Ortiz: "I'm not Jim Rice. I'm David Ortiz. We've got to be different."

Ortiz also...

02/27/2012 - 9:29am
Francona: Sox' beer ban 'a PR move'

Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona on Monday weighed in on the team's decision to ban alcohol in the clubhouse following reports of pitchers drinking during games last season.

"I think it's a PR move," Francona said during an appearance on ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike in the Morning." "I think if a guy wants a beer, he can probably get one. You know, it's kind of the old rule. ... If your coach in football says no hard liquor on the plane -- I mean, you serve beer and wine -- somebody's going to sneak liquor on the plane. If you furnish a little bit, it almost keeps it to a minimum."

Added Francona: "I don't think it's a surprise that they put this in effect, or the fact that they announced it. It's probably more of a PR move just because, you know, the Red Sox took such a beating at the end of the year."

Francona implied that had he remained at the helm of the team, the situation might have...

02/27/2012 - 8:31am
Youkilis ends D&C boycott: 'It's a new year'

Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis surprised Dennis & Callahan Monday morning by ending his boycott of the show and stopping by for a visit at spring training in Fort Myers, Fla.

Youkilis had not spoken with D&C for a couple of years after he took offense to some comments the hosts made.

Said Youkilis: "There's things in the past that were said, and not agreeable on a lot of things. … I'm moving past a lot of things. It's a new year and it's going to be a great year. So, why rehash on all that other stuff?"

The hosts were convinced that they offended Youkilis with their comment that he had "married up" in a previous relationship, but Youkilis said that wasn't the line that put him over the edge.

"There was stuff that was said off the air that we talked about, and it was portrayed in a different light," he said. "The one that got me upset was the charity comment. There was a charity...

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